Make Your Embroidery Shimmer With Hot-Fix Angelina Fibers

Angelina fibers can be used just like applique fabric, creating gorgeous, multi-dimensional machine embroidery projects.

Embroidery, particularly applique embroidery, was made for Angelina fibers. Cut from Mylar-type film, fibers resemble ultra-fine Easter grass and some are fusible, only to themselves. Heat-bondable Angelina fibers create layers of sparkle, texture, and dimension.

Fans of metallic embroidery will love working with heat bondable Angelina. It is extremely user friendly and produces a soft drape not possible with metallic threads. Depending upon the style, fibers produce effects ranging from opalescent to iridescent to brilliant.

Use a pressing sheet or place between paper towels or parchment paper and iron fibers according to manufacturers’ instructions. Over-ironing often dulls colors which is sometimes preferable.

Scraps can be combined and re-fused. Non-fusible items such as yarns, beads, and even wire, can be fused between layers of heat-bondable Angelina.

Because it only sticks to itself, hot-fix fibers can be ironed on any heat-resistant surface to produce texture.

Create a template of the applique shape on white paper, place it on an ironing surface, and cover it with a pressing sheet. Pull strands of Aurora Crystalina Angelina hot-fix fibers apart so they form a very sheer layer covering the heart template. Less is more. It takes very few fibers to create an iridescent layer upon which to embroider. Fold over the pressing sheet and press as directed.

The fused Angelina will be used as the applique fabric so embroidery as usual. I stitched my Angelina applique to a felt heart to use as a Valentine.

The placement stitch shows where to put the piece of Angelina. After the tack-down stitch, trim close to stitching lines just as if you were using fabric.

A quick Google search of heat bondable Angelina fibers will provide a number of sources. Read here, to see some of the Secrets of Embroidery designs that would work well with this technique!

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